Major cast changes in Wicked from 18 Nov 2013
Joining previously announced Dutch star Willemijn Verkaik as ‘Elphaba’, are Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) and Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond). Sam Kelly returns to play The Wizard, a role he previously played in 2009/2010.
Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) and Sam Lupton (Boq) will continue in their current roles. Emma Hatton will be Standby Elphaba and current ensemble cast member Sophie Linder-Lee will become Standby Glinda.
Wicked, opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre 27 Sep 2006, following previews from 7 Sep, and has since been seen by over 5 million people. The show is currently taking bookings to 26 April 2014.
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman.
The current cast includes Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard ), Katie Rowley Jones ( Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) , Sam Lupton (Boq), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible).
It is directed by Joe Mantello, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound by Tony Meola, orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical staging by Wayne Cilento.
Willemijn Verkaik made her debut as ‘Elphaba’ in the German language production of Wicked on November 15, 2007 at the Palladium Theater in Stuttgart and subsequently at the Metronom Theater in Oberhausen. She reprised the role in the Dutch language premiere production, opening at the AFAS Circustheater on November 6, 2011 and made her Broadway debut at the Gershwin Theatre on 12 February 2013.
Savannah Stevenson has most recently been playing ‘Sybil Evers’ in Chariots of Fire at the Gielgud Theatre. Her other LOndon stage credits include Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), Gone With The Wind (New London Theatre), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre.
Sam Kelly previously played The Wizard in Wicked from May 2009 to March 2010. Since the early 70s, Sam has been one of the UK’s most popular comic actors, appearing in many long-running television series including: Porridge; ‘Allo, ‘Allo; Now and Then; Haggard; On The Up; Holding On and Barbara.
Jeremy Taylor is currently appearing in the Queen/Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre). His other London stage credits include The Sound of Music (London Palladium).
Sue Kelvin enjoyed a long run as ‘Mama Morton’ in Chicago at both the Adelphi Theatre and Cambridge Theatre and also played the role at the 10th Anniversary Gala. Prior to joining Wicked, she will be playing ‘Louise’ in Jonathan Kent’s revival of Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre.
Paul Clarkson created the role of ‘Harry Bright’ in the original London production of Mamma Mia! at the Prince Edward Theatre.